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Doctor insights on: Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Treatment

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Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy uncurable?

Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy uncurable?

Hypertrophic: It is genetic and no no known cure for that however for some rare metabolic types, treatment can be possible with appropriate replacement therapy.

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Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy an incurable disease?

Is apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy an incurable disease?

Yes: Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy whereby the thickening is localized at the tip of the left ventricle. Some are due to mutations of genes that encodes the heart muscles but the majority the cause is unknown. There is no treatment other than treating symptoms if present, like chest pains, arrhythmia, etc

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What is the best treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What is the best treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Various: Treatment of hocm depends on the symptoms: initially a combination of medications will be used (calcium channel blockers and beta blockers), but if symptoms progress, surgical myomecyomy or alcohol septal ablation may be indicated. Some patients with risk factors may need implantable cardiac defibrillators to prevent sudden cardiac death.

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Tell me about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Tell me about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick, and obstruction to outflow may occur. Arrhythmias may occur as well. It is commonly inherited, first degree relatives should be screened. Patients may have severe symptoms, or no symptoms at all. It is a common cause of death in young athletes who seemed completely healthy.

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How can you get hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Genetic defect: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is caused by a mutation in one of several genes that codes for cardiac contractile proteins (sarcomeric proteins.) typically, these are inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. Spontaneous mutations do occur. Over 50% of people have an affected parent, but disease expression is variable.

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How do you get a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (hcm) is a genetically inherited disease. It is inherited in a fashion such that any child of an individual with hcm should be screened for this condition and should see a cardiologist.

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What people are affected by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What people are affected by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy doesn't occur in any particular frequency in one group of people over another. It is relatively uncommon, being seen in about 1 in 500 people in the general population. However, it occurs in a hereditary form more than 50% of the time and therefore relatives of people with this disease should be screened for it.

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Please tell me, could I get hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Not acquired: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is caused by mutations of the proteins that make up the contractile apparatus of the heart, in general. That means it is not something you "get." generally, if you have the genetic makeup to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, you should have evidence (abnormal echocardiogram) by 43 years of age, so if you have a normal echocardiogram you aren't going to develop hcm.

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How do I figure out if I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

See cardiologist: Interested to know why you have this particular concern…I assume there is a family history? In any event, a screening ECG will be helpful, as these are generally markedly abnormal in the setting of HCM. An echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) can also assess for hypertrophy, and there may be genetic testing available if another family member has been diagnosed and a gene identified.

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What exercise must be avoided with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What exercise must be avoided with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Hypertrophic: Most people with HCM are advised to avoid playing competitive sports, with the possible exception of some low-intensity sports (eg, golf, billiards). Certain recreational sports are also not advised.

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Is there a connection between bbb and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

THERE IS A: Correlation between hcm and sudden death, whether bbb abnormalities have been detected, present or not.

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What is the definition or description of: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

HCM: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: caused by a mutation in one of several genes for heart muscle proteins. Heart muscle becomes thick. HCM can be inherited or can arise spontaneously. The main clinical concern is that in some cases it is assoc with an increased risk of sudden death. Athletes with cardiac arrest during sports are often found to have HCM. This condition needs expert management.

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What life changes must be made if you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

What life changes must be made if you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Depends....: In most cases nothing. If you have significant obstruction to blood flow from the heart you may be asked to exercise to moderate levels only. Depending on the thickness of the septum, degree of obstruction, arrhythmias and family history your cardiologist may recommend a defibrillator which generally precludes high intensity sports. It all depends on the degree of severity of the condition.

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What are symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in an otherwise normal person?

Cardiomyopathy: The symptoms can vary and may include, but not be limiyed to, shortness of breath, passing out, feeling lightheaded, rapid heart beat, heart arrhythmia, sleeping with more pillows, and feeling weak or fatigued. Some patient may have minimal or no symptoms if young and otherwise healthy, but the symptoms may progress over time.

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Is hcm (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) hereditary?

Yes: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is frequently inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern meaning that an affected individual has a 50:50 chance of passing the condition to their children.

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Is there a link between LBBB and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

Not neccessarily: A hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may not involve a lbbb but the cardiomyopathic process can cause interventricular conduction delay and this could manifest as a lbbb.

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and myocarditis ---whats the difference?

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and myocarditis ---whats the difference?

Not the same: These are two completely different problems. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is genetic, and myocarditis is infectious. Both affect the heart muscle, but in different ways.

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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

A disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver ...Read more


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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

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